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Wither Skeleton Jockey
Wither skeleyon
A rare, hostile mob that has a 0.8% chance of spawning.
Health Points: Wither Skeleton 20HP (10x Heart)

Spider 16HP (8x Heart)

Attack Strength: Easy
5HP (2.5x Heart)

9HP (4.5x Heart)

13HP (6.5x Heart)

Drops: 0-1 Coal, 0-2 Bones, Stone Sword, a Wither Skeleton Head, 0-3 String, 0-1 Spider Eye
Location: Light level >7, on a solid block
First Appearance: 1.0.17
Experience Points: 5 (from the Wither Skeleton)

5 (from the Spider)


For a list of all skeleton-related articles, see Skeleton (Disambiguation).

A Wither Skeleton Jockey is an extremely rare combination of mobs which consists of the already-rare Wither Skeleton riding atop a Spider.


1% of Wither Skeletons naturally spawning in the nether or from Spawn Eggs become jockeys. However, to be able to spawn one, the player must be in the Nether.


Wither Skeleton Jockeys will attack players as soon as they see him/her. If the wither skeleton touches players with its stone Sword, the player will be instantly affected with the Wither status effect. Once the wither skeleton is killed, the spider will start attacking the player.


The best strategy to kill a wither skeleton jockey is to use a Bow since one should keep his/her distance in order to avoid getting the wither effect. However, an iron or diamond Sword can easily kill a wither skeleton jockey if melee is unavoidable. It is recommended to wear Armor when fighting these.


When the wither skeleton dies, it may drop 0–1
, 0–1
, 0–1 Wither Skeleton Head, and rarely its stone sword. The spider, once killed, may drop 0-1
Spider Eyes


  • Wither skeletons can be spawned riding a Cave Spider, but this only happens in Pocket Edition.
  • Wither skeleton jockeys are not able to be spawned in the Overworld, but spider jockeys have a small chance to spawn in the nether since Skeletons since 20% of Wither Skeletons spawned become regular skeletons.
  • Wither Skeleton Jockeys were added to Pocket Edition in Update 0.15.0 when the Wither Skeleton was added.
  • Spiders, by themselves, cannot spawn naturally in the nether.


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